Monday, March 27, 2017

QUOTATION: Assent

Pope Pius XII
Nor must it be thought that the things contained in Encyclical Letters do not of themselves require assent on the plea that in them the Pontiffs do not exercise the supreme power of their Magisterium. For these things are taught with the ordinary Magisterium, about which it is also true to say, 'He who hears you, hears me.'

--Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis

Sunday, March 26, 2017

QUOTATION: Faith and Our Weaknesses

Blessed John Henry Newman
Faith, if it be true and lively, both precludes transgressions and gradually triumphs over infirmities; and while infirmities continue, it regards them with so perfect an hatred, as avails for their forgiveness, and is taken for that righteousness which it is gradually becoming. And such is a holy doctrine; for it provides for our pardon without dispensing with our obedience.

--Blessed John Henry Newman, “Transgressions and Infirmities”, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. 5

Saturday, March 25, 2017

QUOTATION: Children Have the Right to Exist

Pope Francis
From the first moments of their lives, many children are rejected, abandoned, and robbed of their childhood and future. There are those who dare to say, as if to justify themselves, that it was a mistake to bring these children into the world. This is shameful! … How can we issue solemn declarations on human rights and the rights of children, if we then punish children for the errors of adults?

--Pope Francis

Friday, March 24, 2017

QUOTATION: Worldly Approval

St. Jean-Marie Vianney
Do you know the first temptation the devil presents to someone who has begun to serve God better? It is human respect.
--St. Jean Vianney

Thursday, March 23, 2017

QUOTATION: The Right to Life

Pope Pius XII
Every human being, even a child in the mother's womb has a right to life directly from God and not from the parents or from any society or authority.  Hence there is no man, no human authority, no science, no medical, eugenic, social, economic or moral 'indication' that can offer or produce a valid juridical title to a direct deliberate disposal of an innocent human life; that is to say, a disposal that aims at its destruction whether as an end or as a means to another end, which is, perhaps, in no way unlawful in itself.
--Pius XII, Allocution to Large Families, November 26, 1951